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What kind of skiing do you truely do?

post #1 of 52
Thread Starter 

I am just curious about what the majority of the skiers on this forum ski usually.

Is it hard pack ,ice,off piste? Obviously geographical location will play a big part in what you ski.It really doesn't matter where you ski cause its all fun, ya even the boiler plate,.

Now remember I am not asking what you wish you were skiing but where we actually spend most of our time.

Eg. I have moved to SC a few years ago and ski mostly groomed with a mix of ice cause thats whats here.I do the odd trip usually east or west and ski 70% on trail but love the trees and bumps (when my legs can take it)

post #2 of 52

Almost exclusively hardpack and ice, the occasional foot or so if I luck into a snow storm on a day off.


Many years ago I got to spend a little time in very deep, albiet wet snow.

post #3 of 52

mostly soft snow, I have been fortunate to have about 20 days of powder or broken leftover snow this season including one 2 foot plus day and a few 1 foot days.

post #4 of 52

Our slopes are primarily hard pack/ice, but we usually head for the trees to see if we can find some goods.

More often than not the trees is where the real fun is, and few people know the entrance to them.  

post #5 of 52

Mostly offpiste, variable conditions: powder, crust, hard wind-blown, crud, whatever. This year lots of powder. Lots of good spring snow too (though morning conditions in spring are rock hard). Main offpiste runs are on the steep side, with some very steep chutes, biggish open areas or long narrow gullies that get bumped out.

post #6 of 52

In Michigan it's mostly hard pack with the occasional steep(ish) run with five or six bumps.


In the west it's mostly bumps and trees with some steep chutes thrown in for good measure.  Every once in a while my back demands a groomer day.

post #7 of 52

I ski mostly soft snow, POW and soft bumps.  I guess skiing in UT that's the norm.  I find the wear and tear on my body ismuch less and every day is such a gift.  I ski on nothing narrower than 90mm in the waist anymore b/c I simply don't need.  Most of my skiing is off-piste anyway.

post #8 of 52

reading the first responses, the answer is determined by region (weather and terrain of the region). not much to add to that.

post #9 of 52

Almost exclusively off-piste.  When skiing in-bounds the groomers only when on my way to the bottom or the very rare days that I pull out a race ski or actually race.  The spit between inbounds off piste and backcountry is closer to 50 50

post #10 of 52

I like skiing groomers and ski them in times of high pressure and low snowfall.


Else I like trudging around exploring terrain that scares me just enough with lots of rocks and trees and fun stuff.

post #11 of 52

Last couple years it has been almost entirely steep, hardpack, icy, rutted up conditions. And there are always these flexible plastic poles on the trail. And I usually feel like after I've skied the run that many people have skied the exact same line before me.

post #12 of 52
Originally Posted by Garrett View Post

I I like trudging around exploring terrain that scares me just enough with lots of rocks and trees and fun stuff.


Good description

post #13 of 52

East (everyday skiing): Hardpack, icy groomers. Hopefully firm chalky snow, but usually ice with granular and ice chunks mixed in. I only go to bumps and trees when I'm bored or the groomer snow is truly awful or the trees and bumps are truly amazing. I rather work on technique than waste a run in mediocre trees or bumps.


West (usually a week or two each year): I ski exclusively offpiste when I'm out west unless there isn't a lot of fresh snow... then I'll hike in the morning to find areas where the wind has blown in some soft snow and take the afternoon and ski some groomer runs before calling it a day.





post #14 of 52

Although I live in the northeast and ski about 1/2 of my days in the region each season, I don't do icy groomers much. Don't like them, can't do them well. One is the cause of the other, or vice versa. 


The only way I can avoid skiing icy groomers much is to time my local skiing to days after storms, or late in the season when snow are softer. As a result, I ski slushy snow A LOT!


Between soft groomer and slush, I tried to find "less hard" snow either in bumps or trees. Usually bumps first when it's still soft, then trees when the bumps got too hard.

When I go outside the northeast, I ski whatever there is. That can range from hardpack to powder. While I prefer powder (who doesn't?) either in the open or in the trees, I will cruise the groomer as long as it's not really HARD packed.


To sum it up, combining east and west, in terms of days/hours, it's (vary from year to year depending on my luck):


Soft un-groomed snow (from fluffy powder to wet cement): 50~70%

Slush: 20~30% (when applicable)

Soft groomer: 20~30%

Hardpack groomer: 10~20%

Icy groomer (when I have to use it to get around the mountain): 5~10%


Edited by at_nyc - Wed, 04 Feb 09 16:18:24 GMT

Edited by at_nyc - Wed, 04 Feb 09 16:18:46 GMT
post #15 of 52

I ski Killington most of the time so Ice is a given, but as often as I can I hit the bumps and trees. They've had good coverage this year so there isn't much reason to go anywhere than Bear.

post #16 of 52

Well if location is the primary....then I ski in my mind a lot!

post #17 of 52

Truly?  Apparently anything that's above my ability.

post #18 of 52

Depends on the day but id say its 50% soft snow on set up powder or groomer. And 50% 1ft-4ft powder.We get about 2-4ft powder a week way up north but those days might be getting futher apart with Febuary hear now. The base at PK is only at 13-14ft right now! Usually its 20-30ft buy this time of year. When theres no new snow for a week thats happend for two weeks this year you are better off on the groomers because the old powder gets to thick of crust on it. Makes for scary skiing if you break threw all the time, need shin gaurds! Its looking like a groomer days for the next 3 days as no new snow realy forcast. So 50/50 i guess but everything under the sun typicly. Powder days are 100% tree skiing days.

post #19 of 52

Spring corn on sunny days. Don't rush for first chair. Start mid-morning. Keep going, chasing the sun around the mountain  'til it turns to mush or the shadows make it freeze up. Take a long break slopeside, even-out the racoon-eye tan from the Vuarnet glacier glasses,  rehydrate and savor a good cigar in the afternoon sun. Leisurely ski down to the base....maybe a quick run through the moguls just to prove to myself that I still can. 


Repeat the next day and each day thereafter as long as it lasts.


No, really. That is what I usually ski.  I can afford to be picky.

post #20 of 52



I go skiing when the opportunity presents itself, not when I think if will be good. In south central PA, wet granular (WG) is encountered more often than frozen granular (FG, ice) or loose granular (LG). I heart WG.


New man-made (PP) is the other  common local snow condition, which can be very nice, better than granular, but when temps are below freezing it can get skied off and icy. When it's above freezing it can get sticky. Wet granular is saturated (no air) and fast, while melted new snow has air in it and tends to be grabby (mashed potatoes). 


Snow-making is bad for the environment, and so is air travel. I suppose it's a good thing that I can't afford to ski very often, as long as I'm living here in MD. The conditions aren't that good around here anyway. I've had a few epic powder days locally, but they are rare.

post #21 of 52

Almost entirely off-piste.  I'm really only on groomers to get back to the chair or if the off-piste is just completely bullet-proof and pointless to ski. 

post #22 of 52

I live on the least coast but learned long ago that life's too short to ski it, so usually by August or so I have my west trips all set.


So far I have 20 days in, with 2 in VT, which is about my average of 10% least coast versus 90% real thing. Sliding down icy ruts with half the NY/NJ population just isn't enjoyable to me anymore, and bowls, trees, glades, generally anything off-piste is where I'll be.

post #23 of 52

I do about 50% of my time in the groomers because I do about 50% of my sking with my family.  The other 50% of the time I will be in the bumps, the trees, on the steeps, or hikeing a ridge to get to the real goods. 

post #24 of 52

95% manmande translates to "Eastern Hardpack", so that's what I ski now.  I've been lucky so far this year and was able to ski in and after some decent God given toppings.  But. alas under that tasty topping of fresh fresh that turns to mashed taters always lurks the other 95% of whatever we choose to call that sketchy whoa feelin base.

Edited by crgildart - Wed, 04 Feb 09 21:15:05 GMT
post #25 of 52

Shredding VT/NH hardpack... aside from the glorious days of fresh snow the past few weekends.



post #26 of 52

Northern California - The Sierras


I ski most of the time on the groomers.



post #27 of 52

I ski anywhere there's enough snow on the mountain.  In SoCal, it makes me a corduroy junkie

post #28 of 52
Originally Posted by whipper View Post

50% 1ft-4ft powder.We get about 2-4ft powder a week way up north

Can we get this guy banned?

Edited by prickly - Thu, 05 Feb 09 10:22:41 GMT
post #29 of 52

After 10 years of Ski Patrol, where I skied in every condition possible, I pick and choose my ski days and conditions. That's quite a chore here in NY. But, I've been blessed with more powder days and soft snow conditions this Winter than the last  30. I don't ski when it rains anymore, i don't go when it's boilerplate ice, I don't ski when it's 20 below zero. I'm spoiled.

post #30 of 52

Depends on the weather...  I'm not much for glade skiing, and on-trail powder gets bumped up almost immediately here in New England.  But if the bumps are soft, that's where you'll find me.  If the bumps would rattle your filling loose, I'll be on the groomers.

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